Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 11 reviews ) Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the Hunter's Point uprising in the wake of the police shooting of Matthew Johnson. Topics: Hunter's Point Riot, Hunter's Point, Bayview, uprising, rebellion, 1966, national guard, Mayor...
Another clip from the 1996 video interview with Mattachine Society founder Harry Hay in which he describes the absence of language to describes gays in the 1930s. The word "homosexual" wasn't even in the dictionary until about 1939, so he recounts how men in the community back then would refer to each other as "that way" or on a good day as "temperamental." Topics: gay, gay identity, homosexual, 1930s, sociology, language, self-reference
San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he worked with the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) in the early 1960s during the lengthy anti-discrimination campaigns that targeted the Palace Hotel, supermarkets, Mel's Drive-in, Auto Row, and other locales in San Francisco. It was a time when racial discrimination in employment was the rule in liberal SF. Topics: CORE, Congress on Racial Equality, picket lines, Lucky's, Safeway, Mel's Drive-in, Palace Hotel,...
Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight. Topics: Fleming, African-Americans in SF, Mayor Lapham
Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk's last words, delivered posthumously, recorded in case of his assassination... excerpted from The Life and Times of Harvey Milk. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Harvey Milk, last words, Gay
San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he met the Panthers of San Francisco, and the Oakland-based Black Panthers, and the ways the two were different, and ultimately came to influence each other. Topics: Black Panthers, Oakland, civil rights, black power
Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco. Topics: Thomas Fleming, 1966 Hunter's Point riot, Black San Francisco
San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes the civil disobedience he participated in with 18 other young men in 1970 when the SF Police Department tried to impose a new mandatory ID card on all black males between 16-25 years old, ostensibly to help their investigation into the mysterious Zebra killings. Topics: Zebra killers, apartheid, ID cards, African American, black San Francisco, 1970, SF Police...
San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes the exciting and incomparable "scene" at Hippie Hill, where he was a dancer during the mid-1960s, and was in the middle of the cultural experiments of the period. Topics: Hippie Hill, African dance, 1965, acid, LSD, Golden Gate Park, hippies, beatniks
Artist Pele DeLappe describes her encounter at age 15 with Frieda Rivera (Kahlo), sitting around painting and smoking cigarettes together, while Diego Rivera was painting the San Francisco Stock Exchange mural (c. 1930) Topics: Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pele DeLappe
Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war. Topics: Nuclear weapons, nukes, anti-nuke, USS Missouri, homeporting, Fleet Week
Harry Hay, venerable co-founder of modern Gay movement, tells about being in crowd during 1934 waterfront strike in San Francisco, how militia was shooting into crowd, and bullets whizzed past his head. Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 General Strike, San Francisco
byMike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz
A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more... Topics: The Farm, Jack Wickert, Bonnie Ora Sherk, urban farming, urban gardening, circus, children,...
San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes his childhood experience of a friendly policeman named Eddie who helped him transition from the black school in the Fillmore where he started to the white school (Argonne Elementary) in the Richmond where he moved in 1954. But his childhood experiences, while still influential, are ultimately unraveled by the casual but brutal racism that characterizes the relationship between white police officers and black citizens. Topics: police, San Francisco Police, racism, police brutality
Peter Berg, an original San Francisco Digger, describes how their ubiquitous poster image called "1% Free" came to be, detailing the origin of the photo, the soruce of 1% in the Hells Angels at the time, and the production and distribution of the poster itself. Topics: Diggers, Peter Berg, 1% Free, Free, Hells Angels, Chinatown, Arnold Genthe
San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the early Willie Brown when he was an attorney at Scott and Sutter, and details the attitudes of the black community towards one of "its" most illustrious and well-known leaders, up to and including the enormous disillusionment he left behind. Topics: Willie Brown, corruption, black San Francisco, African American, Fillmore, Hunter's Point, Bayview,...
Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working with Enid Sales and the effort to save old Victorians by moving them from one place to another in the A-1 and A-2 redevelopment projects in the 1960s. Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Victorians, moving Victorians, architecture, preservation, Western Addition,...
San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he became involved with the food giveaway which was the ransom demanded by the Symbionese Liberation Army of the Hearst family for the then-kidnapped Patty Hearst. Topics: People In Need (PIN), food giveaway, SLA, Patty Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, ransom, 1974,...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by Chris Carlsson July 6, 1999, on 1970s Central American Solidarity Movements in San Francisco, their influence on and from the growing gay movement in the city. Topics: Sandinistas, San Francisco, Gay Movement
Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach as a young man in the mid-1950s, describes what going to the Black Cat was like in those early years of his time in San Francisco. Topics: Black Cat, gay bars, Jose Sarria, bohemian, North Beach
70 years ago the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco, one of the most significant — and forgotten — moments in local history. How did the UN relate to the 1939 Treasure Island world’s fair, and why was its HQ not built in San Francisco or Marin as planned? The UN was the last of President Roosevelt’s attempts to extend his New Deal to the world. Dr. Gray Brechin examines what has happened to the UN in a new century of perpetual war. Topics: New Deal, Depression, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, social security, WPA, PWA, CWA,...
Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione tells the story of providing a building in the late 1960s to Angela Davis and "her group" at Fillmore and Golden Gate, and the surprising thing that happened as a result. Topics: Angela Davis, black power, arsenal, arms, 1960s, Redevelopment Agency
Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working for notorious Agency head Justin Herman and what he was really like. Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Justin Herman, SFRDA, urban politics
Alvin Duskin and Jerry Mander describe the amazing story of Lamar Hunt's attempt to purchase Alcatraz from San Francisco in the late 1960s, and how they stopped it. Topics: Alcatra, Apollo 8, Victorian San Francisco, Oil Terminal, Lamar Hunt
In the midst of the ongoing tech boom in the Bay Area, the biotech industry gets less attention than social media and “sharing” unicorns. What is going on with the push for “synthetic biology”? What are the implications for politics, manufacturing, medicine? Will the boundary between life and artifice persist? How do embedded paradigms reflect deeper assumptions about the structure of modern life? with Elliot Hosman, Pete Shanks, and Tito Jankowski. Topics: Synthetic biology, ethics, bioethics, gender, DNA, red line, designer babies, human genome,...
Roberto Lovato, who grew up on Folsom near 25th Street during the 1970s, describes how his father was involved in the "alternative economy" centered on Hunt's Donuts at 20th and Mission, and how it benefitted his extended Salvadoran families in San Francisco and in El Salvador. Topics: Crime, Salvadoran community, Mission District
Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on Chinatown, with a few seconds of Chinatown Telephone operators working their switchboards. Topics: Chinatown, Telephone operators, switchboards, San Francisco, 1920s
Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917. favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: steam shovel, digging tunnels, excavation
Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising. favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Bernal Heights
Mayor Willie Brown is hit with 3 pies by activists of the Biotic Baking Brigade at a "Clean-up" event in Bayview/Hunter's Point. favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Willie Brown, Biotic Baking Brigade, pie-throwing
short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission. Topics: Good Vibrations, sex-positive, vibrators